About me

Helen AitchisonI began editing PhD theses for non-native English speaking doctoral candidates in 2009, while living in Florence, and have since edited hundreds of academic papers, journal articles and theses for scholars throughout Europe and the US. My own academic background is in the humanities (namely History and History of Art), and I have an MA with distinction from the University of Warwick. However, I have a broad range of academic interests – which makes my work as an editor enjoyable and challenging. I feel very fortunate to be able to make a living from working with gifted individuals on cutting-edge research.

Over the last five years I have edited Doctoral theses and Masters Dissertations in subjects ranging from: history, art history, literature, economics, psychology, philosophy, politics, intellectual history, linguistics, geography, cultural geography, the social sciences, education, information technology, and law.

I have been delighted that many of the doctoral candidates I have worked with have gone on to take up teaching posts at prestigious universities and institutions across Europe and the US. In some cases, I have worked with scholars at every stage of their career, from editing their thesis, to perfecting conference papers, journal articles, covering letters for job applications, CVs, funding applications, book proposals, and entire book edits prior to publication. Knowing that I have assisted talented individuals on their successful career trajectory has been particularly satisfying, as is the fact that so many of my clients return with each new project they have undertaken.

I also know how difficult it can be to surrender your carefully wrought research over to a stranger. I have enormous admiration for anyone thinking and writing in a second language; and, although I translate (non-technical texts) from Italian into English, I baulk at the thought of writing in Italian. Whilst the majority of my work is for non-native English speakers writing in English to gain a wider readership for their research, I also proofread and edit the work of English authors. I know my own writing has benefitted from the advice of trusted friends and colleagues, if you think your work could profit from a creative and professional editor, please get in touch using the contact form.

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